Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons September 2023

The September issue of the ACS Bulletin includes a cover story on cognitive screening in older patients, as well as features on successful artificial intelligence and ChatGPT use in medicine, the ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence Program, and the 2022 and 2023 Distinguished Philanthropist Award recipients 


In this issue: 

Executive Director’s Update 

How the ACS Can Help Surgeons Address Workplace Violence 

Dr. Patricia Turner discusses the troubling pattern of hostility and violence from patients and the public toward physicians and other members of the healthcare team. She shares several examples of how the College is working to help surgeons and others who work in healthcare protect themselves in the workplace, reinforce their well-being, and address intimate partner violence. 


Human Engagement, Prompts, and Bias Recognition Are Ingredients for Successful AI, ChatGPT Use 

In surgery, there are compelling uses of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, including ChatGPT, and according to the authors, “There is a significant need for surgeons and healthcare teams to become familiar with this technology andmake strategic and purposeful use of AI in patient care.” 

Clinical Scholars in Residence Benefit from Research, Impact, and Friendship 

The ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence Program provides surgical residents with research and health policy experience as they advance toward academic surgery careers. Other benefits are real-world impact and long-lasting collaborations. 

Distinguished Philanthropist Award Recipients Are Doers and Donors 

Two ACS Fellows—Colonel Kirby Gross (2023) and Dr. Kenneth Sharp (2022)—will be presented with the Distinguished Philanthropist Award at Clinical Congress in Boston, Massachusetts. Both recipients embody the true spirit of giving selflessly and serve as an inspiration for all donors. 


In-Person Meetings Still Matter 

Ahead of Clinical Congress 2023, this viewpoint article highlights reasons why surgeons may benefit from gathering in person each year to share knowledge and ideas with colleagues. “Perhaps most importantly, it is the opportunity to be reminded that we are not alone, said author Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike. 



NAPRC Stays the Course in Quest to Improve Rectal Cancer Care 

Stolen Heart: DeBakey-Cooley Controversy Beats On 



Pediatric Surgeons Meet with White House Advisors on Fetal and Maternal Health 

Annual Business Meeting of Members 

Trauma Summit to Advance Equity Research Convenes in Chicago 

In Memoriam: Dr. John Ochsner Gage, ACS Past-Secretary and DSA Recipient  

Member News  

Target Audience

All members of the ACS, including: 

  • Practicing surgeons 
  • Residents 
  • Medical students 
  • Retired surgeons 
  • Members of the surgical care team 

Learning Objectives

To provide readers with information they can apply as leaders of their institutions and in their daily practices, as well as timely updates on ACS activities and initiatives. 



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Editorial Committee Disclosures

Natalie Boden, MBA - Nothing to disclose
Director, Division of Integrated Communications

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